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Welcome to Maine’s radio show and podcast all about dogs and cats and the people that share their lives. Our goal is to inform and educate you about the needs and wants of your furry friends so that your lives together can be the best that they can be. 

Kate and I discuss the latest news from the pet world covering a wide range of topics such as; basic healthcare, how to choose a good cat or dog food, training, behavior, and management of your pet, resolving problem behavior, serious health issues, and more. Sometimes a show is just the two of us having a conversation, but we also have guests on the shows from our hometown, Bangor, ME and from all throughout the USA. Veterinarians, authors, trainers, behaviorists, filmmakers, shelter managers, and others have all shared their knowledge with us on The Woof Meow Show

Whether you listen to our podcast or to the show as it is broadcast on Saturday at 9 AM on Z62 Retro Radio AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3, we hope you find the show enjoyable and a valuable resource and that you become a regular listener. If you have a topic you would like us to consider for the show, contact me at

Don Hanson, Producer & Co-Host

Jan 19, 2014

Educating ourselves, our clients and others is a major focus at Green Acres, especially when it comes to refuting the many erroneous myths about dogs and training.

One of the most harmful myths is that in order to train a dog the owner must show their dominance by being assertive, having a deep booming voice and making the dog do their bidding.

This in turn has led to the attitude that we should NEVER reward the dog with food because the dog should always do what we want just to please us. Praise alone should be a sufficient reward.

So how motivated would you be if at the end of your day your only reward was praise from your boss? I suspect you'd be looking for a new job tomorrow.

All dogs are food motivated - they MUST eat to survive. When food is used properly as a reward it works better than either praise or touch for training. That's not a myth, it's a fact proven by science.